The original Hedonisia EcoFeminist Community was lost in the 2018 Kilauea volcano eruption. Three quarters of the property was covered by lava. Though all community buildings were destroyed, the land emerged with a beautiful green oasis which did not get covered. It is called a kipuka in the Hawaiian language. The Hedonisia Kipuka is pictured in the above image.
Hedonisia was founded on a principle of turning "shit to sugar" an expression that Mojo, the former Community Director, learned from his parent's homeland of Trinidad. Rather than stay stuck in grieving, we have evolved and continue work on the Hedonisia rebirth as a smaller more focussed micro-community. While waiting to return to our lava land, we are creating an eco-friendly tiny home on a nearby property that is closer to the ocean. Hedonisia Guava Land is a model of sustainable camping using primarily locally sourced building materials.
We also recommend Kamaili Forest Farms, a nearby family-run community startup that offers affordable jungle style lodgings.
Hedonisia History and Micro-Community
Hedonisia manages a portfolio of projects with a focus on gender equality, reproductive rights, pleasurable activism, diversity and free speech. Our projects were started at the pre-volcano community with the help of interns and volunteers from around the world.
We offer educational and sustainable tools for activist entrepreneurs, ecofeminists and other creative people who wish to make a living by making a difference.
Our projects are based on principles we practiced at Hedonisia Hawaii. Living in paradise allowed us to practice 'pleasurable activism'. We worked hard to play a role in improving the world but also to have fun doing so.
It was a foundation of our community to show how social entrepreneurship can play a role in addressing various problems both in society and the environment. We continue to do this work post-volcano with the Hedonisia EcoFeminist Web Portfolio.
One of the most exciting projects in our post-volcano portfolio is the Hedonisia Diversity and Free Speech workshops that was born out of the volcano and the pandemic which followed.
Post-volcano options to enjoy a volunteer vacation and a discounted stay in Hawaii
- Hedonisia Guava Land. We are offering camping accommodations at our nearby property. The land is a beautiful guava forest where we are also building a sustainable eco-friendly tiny home and a parcours-style outdoor Guava Gym. This property is a short drive to Kehena Beach and the Isaac Hale warm ponds.
- Kamaili Forest Farm. Long-time friends started a farming community nearby. They are offering affordable volunteer and guest stays on their land. This property has a beautiful rambling jungle house and a Hexagon and Rainbow huts.